Diet Club Death: Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mystery #3 (Missy DeMeanor Cozy Mysteries)
by Brianna Bates
Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Crafts & Hobbies/Amateur Sleuths
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YUMMY AS A CUPCAKE…AND GUARANTEED CALORIE-FREE!
Creepy meeting place aside, the last thing you’d expect to find at a ladies’ diet club meeting would be a dead body, right? And although voluptuous amateur sleuth Missy DeMeanor has seen more than one body, this is different. This is one of her oldest friends.,
Having tried almost everything – she’s exercising at the gym and she eats less than her petite best friend Noreen, but she seems to gain weight just standing still – finally, Missy’s decided to accept the invitation of her oldest friend Karen, to join a secretive, ladies only, invitation-only, contract-required diet club. But at Missy’s first meeting, Karen, who is obviously ill, is discovered dead on the bathroom floor. The police decide that her death was caused by an extreme diet and quickly close the case.
As hard as it is to accept her friend’s death, Missy just cannot bring herself to believe that Karen would have put her health at risk with a weight-loss plan Karen herself described as “the craziest diet” she’d heard about. Missy keeps insisting Karen would never knowingly have ingested a harmful substance-– so who gave it to her? But her ex-boyfriend, Grove City’s chief detective Tyler Brock, isn’t listening. And so, given Tyler’s refusal to dig deeper, it’s up to her to solve the mystery if anyone’s going to.
Through the haze of her own grief, she bravely-– “recklessly”, in Tyler’s words-– probes the complicated turns Karen’s life has taken over the years she and Missy remained close at heart, but geographically removed. And, as in all good murder mysteries, secrets tumble out one after another, making Missy wonder if it’s even possible to know another person.
Meanwhile, she still has feelings for Tyler that make her too uncomfortable to be around him, knowing that he’s trying to work things out with his estranged wife. Yet he’s alternately flirtatious and impatient with her endeavors to unmask a killer… almost as if he still cares about her and is trying to protect her.
Like the rest of this series, this delightful cozy is a quick, easy, very fun read with no cliffhangers, on-the-page violence, or graphic scenes. Fans of Gina LaManna, Jana DeLeon, Mary Daheim, and Leighann Dobbs will eat it up and go back for seconds—the whole series goes down faster than a plate of cupcakes and won’t cost you a single calorie.